Keep the children entertained this half-term with a visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. Plus, dates for your diary!
Get out in the fresh air with the children this half-term (May 29-June 6) with a visit to Bristol Zoological Society’s two sites – Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project.
Both offer acres of outdoor space and the chance to get close to animals from all over the globe, including many endangered species.
Wild Place Project has just won ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ at the South West England Tourism Excellence Awards and was also recently named Bristol, Bath & Somerset Tourism Awards’ ‘Visitor Attraction of the Year’. While, last year, Bristol Zoo Gardens was a winner of Visit England’s ‘Best Told Story’.
At Bristol Zoo you can see the youngest gorilla, Juni, who was born in December. He lives on Gorilla Island with his mum, Touni, and dad, Jock, together with the rest of the troop of western lowland gorillas. And just beside the exit and gift shop is the first sloth to be born at the zoo in almost a decade.
Spectacular show of colour
As spring starts turning to summer, the flowers, trees and shrubs throughout Bristol Zoo are in bloom making a spectacular show of colour. At Wild Place, the trees are back in leaf, with many wildflower species in the woodland and meadow.
Visitors to Wild Place, which is set in 136 acres of countryside, can see the four European brown bears Gemini, Albie, Neo and Nilas. They are out and about in their huge woodland home, and can often be seen playing in their pool in the award-winning Bear Wood, which they share with four grey wolves – the only zoo in the United Kingdom in which these two species live together.
They were all once native to Britain, as were the lynx and wolverine who live in neighbouring enclosures beneath Bear Wood’s towering trees.
Wild Place enables people to visit a range of different countries in a single visit. A short walk from Bear Wood is the Benoue National Park exhibit where giraffes, eland, red river hogs and zebra roam just as they would in Cameroon.
And nearby is the Madagascar enclosure with authentic native village stalls and a walk-through where different species of lemurs including the iconic ring-tailed lemurs run and leap.
There are numerous paths that wind through the woods at Wild Place, leading to Tower Meadow which is surrounded by ancient trees and overseen by a clock tower built of local stone, an ideal place for a picnic.
James Kitto, head of commercial operations at both Bristol Zoo and Wild Place, said: “There is nothing better than a day spent in the fresh air seeing animals from all over the world, including many which are endangered.
“Both Bristol Zoo and Wild Place are places where memories of special days out are made and always remembered. You can also find out about our conservation work across four continents.”
Bristol Zoo and Wild Place have one-way systems, social distancing measures in place and additional hand washing facilities to keep everyone safe.
Tickets for specific time slots must be booked online before visiting at bristolzoo.org.uk and wildplace.org.uk, respectively.
Check out what’s happening this summer in and around Bristol
WHAT: ‘a unique and important event that celebrates the LGBT+ community and offers the chance to connect and bring people together’
WHEN: Saturday 10 July
WHERE: Castle Park
Check the website for further information
WHAT: ‘a traditional grass roots Volkswagen show and family camping weekend’
WHEN: 5-8 August 2021
WHERE: Wild Country Lane, Long Asthon, BS41 9AG
WHAT: Europe’s biggest hot air balloon event
WHEN: 12-15 August 2021
WHERE: Ashton Court, Long Ashton, BS41 9JN
PRICE: Free entry; charge for parking
WHAT: 5 fields of music featuring over 100+ artists for a whole weekend
WHEN: 18-19 September 2021
WHERE: Eastville Park, Bristol, BS5 6XA
PRICE: Single day ticket from £39.50; weekend ticket from £69.50